OpTic Gaming International Development Director Jessel Parekh told HLTV.org that Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat has immediately been released from the roster, and that other players were unaware about it.
The player caught with hacks has been released from the organisation, we do not tolerate anything like this,
We want to apologize to all the other teams and organizations involved. It is unfair for everyone involved. We also want to apologize to our country and to the fans who have supported us. This will be a big setback for the country, and it is really unfortunate that one selfish person is capable of causing this.
An official statement will be released soon by the organization, but I want to make it very clear that the other four players had no knowledge of this and would never have agreed to even play if there was even the slightest hint of it.
Earlier today, the 23-year-old was caught cheating by an admin at the EXTREMESLAND Asia 2018 Group C Elimination March between OpTic India, and Revolution. Fresh details have emerged stating the anti-cheat software had previously detected some suspicious activity in OpTic India’s match against FrostFire yesterday, but they let it go after they lost the match.
However, in Round 17 of Cache, after the Indian side beat Revolution 16-7 on Inferno, the software caught something malicious yet again and the game was paused for 20 minutes. The admins wanted to look into forsaken’s PC, who initially refused, but after a while blatantly shift deleted the file right in front of them. The recovery software found a file named ezfrag which was enough for the officials to disqualify OpTic India from the tournament.
It remains to be seen what happens next, as not only OpTic India, but the Indian CS scene comes under huge questions about how a player potentially escaped cheating for so long.